Can continue their acclaimed live series with Brighton 1975 album
Mainly improvised set features version of 1972 classic ‘Vitamin C’
Classic krautrockers Can have shared details of the second in a series of Can live album releases.
Unfolding over seven sections, the album features a rare Michael Karoli vocal on ‘Brighton 75 Drei’, as well as a Jaki Liebezeit drum solo on ‘Brighton 75 Vier’, before the final recording, ‘Brighton 75 Sieben’, hears the band play a live-jammed version of their song ‘Vitamin C’.
The new release forms part of the recent Can Live series, which has seen founding member Irmin Schmidt and producer Rene Tinner scour the best of the band’s bootlegged live recordings, before running them each through the best, 21st-Century remastering technology.
With the band beginning in the late ‘60s and disbanding just over a decade later, the new live album provides yet more insight into the inner workings of a group who are often credited in the music press as some of krautrock’s most important pioneers.
‘Live In Brighton’ contains material that didn’t make it into Can’s official album canon; much of its music is more intense than any of their official studio work, featuring many examples of the fabled live freakouts that the band nicknamed ‘Godzillas’.
The new release comes with accompanying sleeve notes written by Can biographer, author and edior Rob Young, along with British journalist Kris Needs. The latter was involved in several live Can shows at the Friars club in Aylesbury between 1973-77.
In the notes, Needs describes of one of Can’s Brighton performances as “like a delirious astral roller coaster, launch-pad a distant speck within minutes as fleeting melodies, vocal lines or rhythms… loomed like iridescent ghosts then evaporated as the spirit took them somewhere else.”
Rob Young added, “what survives on these tapes is Can’s extraordinary belief in the transformative, restorative power of music.”
Can Live in Brighton 1975 will be released on December 3, 2021 on limited gold vinyl and double CD, both packaged in a gatefold sleeve with accompanying booklet.